Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 2/10/13

Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley prefers a smaller lineman that can pull and get out in space, instead of a power running style. As the Steelers start to rebuild their running game, new offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. shares the same philosophy as Haley. In conjunction, the two will start to change the way the Steelers running game is wired. A lot depends on what GM Kevin Colbert decides to do at running back, as Rashard Mendenhall isn’t expected back, and they don’t have a true replacement on the roster for him. However, going to more of a zone blocking scheme where stretching plays out horizontally, and having a one cut runner find the hole. According to Jerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, these changes are one of the many priorities of the Steelers this off-season. Dulac writes: ‘When Haley was the head coach in Kansas City, the Chiefs had the league's No. 1 rushing attack with an offensive line that averaged less than 300 pounds. Bicknell said he doesn't like offensive linemen "who get huge and then they can't bend and move." He said he wants players who can move, run and have the quickness off the ball "to get into people." That's one of the reasons the Steelers are expected to part ways with Max Starks, who was arguably the team's best lineman in 2012 and the only one to play every snap. Tackles are responsible for allowing running backs to get to the edge and bounce outside, and how many times did you see a Steelers running back do that last season?’       var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});

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